Learn to Lead Outdoors - 1 Day Course with CityROCK

Proper techniques and procedures are the key to having a good day of climbing. If you’re new to outdoor climbing or you’ve been climbing with friends or meet-ups and want to learn how to properly set-up the systems yourself. This training is where its at. This 1-Day Course teaches you to properly lead bolted routes. You will learn new systems and techniques for safer and more efficient climbing.

3 to 1 ratio
Must have a minimum of 3 climbers for class to go

*We do not refund this course except in exteme circumstancesm because we need the miminum number of climbers required to run the course. 
**In the case of inclement weather, we will reschedule the course to another day. If we cannot find the appropriate weather window to hold the course, we will then issue refunds.  

Cost: $170/ CityROCK member
$200/ non-member

Date: TBD

Venue: Shelf Road


  • MUST have prior climbing skills and be able to demonstrate good rope handling and belaying skills.
  • MUST be CityROCK Lead Belay and Climb Certified (even if you're not a CityROCK member)
  • To take the 1 day course, participant MUST have previously taken the CityROCK/PPAS Gym to Crag Course or take the Learn to Lead 2 Day course

What does this course offer?

  • Risk management
  • Proper climbing communication
  • Gear selection
  • Clipping bolts correctly
  • Anchors, building and cleaning safely and efficiently
  • Proper Top Rope set-up and management options
  • Back-up rappel systems
  • Lead belaying and top managed belays
  • Lead belay positioning
  • Lead climbing psychology
  • Dynamics of falling
  • Rappelling and lowering
  • Rope handling

Sport Climbing Gear List

The gear on this list is required. If you have any questions about this list or the gear on it, please contact our office or your guide for advice. Mountain Chalet here in Colorado Springs is a great resource for knowledge and product selection. PPAS also rents most gear (not clothing) on this list.

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  • Climbing helmet.
  • Climbing harness.
  • Climbing shoes. Comfortable all day rock shoes.
  • Belay device, ATC or similar and bring a Gri Gri if you have one.
  • 6-10 Quick draws (optional)
  • 5 locking and 6 non-locking carabiners.
  • 20’ cordelettes, 6mm
  • Nylon slings (2) 60cm, (2) 120cm.
  • PAS Personal Anchor System. Not a daisy chain. (PAS is optional)


  • Approach Shoes, or shoes appropriate for hiking to the crag.


  • Pants, or shorts. Check the weather. Some climbers prefer light pants to shorts for climbing.
  • Insulation layer (top), an extra layer for cool mornings or adverse weather.
  • Rain jacket.


  • Ball Cap or Visor, sun protection for your face.
  • Sunglasses with wraparound sun and wind protection.


  • Belay glove w/ or w/o fingers (optional but nice)


  • 25-35L Backpack, make sure your gear fits in pack prior to course day.
  • (2-3) 1L water bottles leak-proof bottle like Nalgene works best. Bladders ok but less appealing.
  • Sunscreen, 30SPF minimum
  • Lipscreen
  • Camera
  • Snacks, about 1800 calories for the day. Sandwich, candy bars, and trail mix work well, bring what tastes good to you.
  • Spare door and ignition key, for groups carpooling.